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Defector Format
Defector Format

Revision as of 03:09, 16 July 2018

Defector Format

Introduction: A format that excludes XYZ, Pendulum, & Link summoning without going back to the "stone age" of Yu-Gi-Oh!. 

Purpose: To allow a format for casual, nostalgic, and creative players that suits their ideals for the game of Yu-Gi-Oh! as they remember it. September 2010 was a time when the game had a decent card pool and interesting strategies, and without the need for drastic changes to be made to curb its power level.

*Based on the September 2010 format. All cards released on or after March 2011 (essentially everything after Storm of Ragnarok) are considered banned unless they are "released" into the format.

*Rule notes: Priority works as it does today, 1st turn player does not draw, and summoning mechanics exclude the new Link mechanics. One match is 45 minutes; time begins during turn 0 and concludes at the end of the End Phase of turn 5 of the duel after time was called.

*There are some minor adjustments to the initial Defector Format list, mainly to take into account the erratas that Konami has done to rebalance certain cards. The most up-to-date text for all cards are considered the official texts for this format. Other changes will be made to reduce the power ceiling of the format for decks that were top tier during September 2010.

*Updates to the format will take place in the form of "releasing" newer sets from March 2011 and later. Usually this can only include cards which are generic or archetypal-legacy support. Cards that are "released" may immediately be limited, semi-limited, or unlimited upon their introduction. If a card is deemed unbalanced, it will be banned.

Ban List (Changes mentioned outline differences from September 2010 format):


Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning

Card Destruction (was Limited)

Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End

Cyber Jar


Dark Magician of Chaos

Destiny HERO - Disk Commander

Fiber Jar

Magical Scientist

Makyura the Destructor


Trap Dustshoot (was Limited)

Tribe-Infecting Virus


Victory Dragon


Butterfly Dagger - Elma

Card of Safe Return

Change of Heart


Delinquent Duo

Dimension Fusion

Gateway of the Six (NEW)

Graceful Charity

Harpie's Feather Duster

Heavy Storm

Last Will

Mirage of Nightmare

Painful Choice

Pot of Greed

Premature Burial


Snatch Steal

Temple of the Kings

The Forceful Sentry

Exchange of the Spirit

Last Turn

Time Seal


Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind

Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

Card Trooper

Dark Armed Dragon

Elemental HERO Stratos

Exodia the Forbidden One

Gladiator Beast Bestiari

Gorz the Emissary of Darkness

Goyo Guardian

Honest (was Semi-Limited)

Infernity Archfiend (NEW)

Judgment Dragon (was Semi-Limited)

Left Arm of the Forbidden One

Left Leg of the Forbidden One

Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En (NEW)

Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner

Magician of Faith (was Banned)

Metamorphosis (was Banned)



Mind Master

Morphing Jar


Necro Gardna

Neo-Spacian Grand Mole

Night Assailant

Plaguespreader Zombie

Rescue Cat (was Banned)

Right Arm of the Forbidden One

Right Leg of the Forbidden One


Spirit Reaper


Witch of the Black Forest (was Banned)

Advanced Ritual Art

Allure of Darkness

Black Whirlwind

Brain Control (was Banned)

Burial from a Different Dimension

Charge of the Light Brigade

Cold Wave

Dark Hole

Destiny Draw

Emergency Teleport

Foolish Burial

Giant Trunade

Infernity Launcher

Level Limit - Area B

Limiter Removal

Mind Control

Monster Gate

Monster Reborn

One for One

Overload Fusion


Reinforcement of the Army


Swords of Revealing Light

Call of the Haunted


Gravity Bind

Imperial Order (was Banned)

Magical Explosion

Mind Crush

Mirror Force

Return from the Different Dimension

Ring of Destruction (was Banned)

Royal Oppression

Solemn Judgment

Torrential Tribute

Wall of Revealing Light


Chaos Sorcerer


Demise, King of Armageddon

Destiny HERO - Malicious

Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier

Lonefire Blossom

Snipe Hunter

Summoner Monk (was Limited)

Chain Strike

Gold Sarcophagus

Magical Stone Excavation

Mystical Space Typhoon

Bottomless Trap Hole

Magic Cylinder

Ojama Trio

Skill Drain

Ultimate Offering


Crush Card Virus (was Banned)

Dark Strike Fighter (was Banned)

Future Fusion (was Limited)

Megamorph (was Limited)

Sinister Serpent (was Banned)

Thousand-Eyes Restrict (was Banned)

The Transmigration Prophecy (was Limited)


None (TBD)

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